Hon. Ann Marie Donnelly See Rating Details
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*Temperament:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Scholarship:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Industriousness:   (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
*Ability to Handle Complex Litigation:    (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Punctuality:    (1=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:    (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation:   (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Flexibility In Scheduling   (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial:   (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:   (1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Trial:    (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:    (1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
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What others have said about Hon. Ann Marie Donnelly


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 32720
Hard to believe she's a lawyer much less a judge. She acts much more like a obstructionist bureaucrat than a judge trying to achieve substantial justice. She has no sensitivity to fairness. She’s always wrong and will never admit she’s wrong. Weak on the law . Knows nothing about civil. Biased and loves defendants in civil litigation. With her , the law is only meant to protect the rich and powerful and corporatations, nobody else matters. You will never be treated fairly as a Plaintiff. If you are on a contingency fee you are going to lose money.I think you are better off flipping a coin -- at least it would be cheaper -- than trying a case in front of her. But it's the perfect courtroom if you want incessant delays or if your clients are guilty as hell. If you are on the side of right, have a court reporter with you at all times and be ready to appeal. If you mention appeal , she will threaten you with retaliation.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 32642
Rating:Not Rated
I have never practiced before Judge Donnelly at the District Court level, but have appeared before her in the Second Circuit where she was sitting by designation.

Let's put it this way: Not only is she dishonest, shrill, and overly aggressive in her approach, it is very clear that she is a *District* Court Judge eager to insulate her *District* Court colleagues from any scrutiny of their decisions. That one has the temerity to file an appeal, in her view, is proof enough that the appeal should be summarily disregarded.

God forbid you are representing a civil defendant seeking an appeal. She assumes your clients are *guilty* (not merely liable) from the outset and then proceeds to berate you and your client.

A walking absurdity with an attitude to match.


Comment #: 24535
Rating:Not Rated
I repeat Donnelly is not a honest judge She is monster on bench who use her duty to protect only criminal government department which rob poor people.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 23410
I was surprised to see her sitting on the bench. When she started to open her mouth, I thought she was a novice prosecutor who forgot that her seat was in the front row and not next to the witness. Her actions were biased beyond belief and once she started to argue the case on behalf of the prosecution the whole courtroom understood what she had done. A judge's duty is to provide just rulings and check their biases at the door. This judge not only brought her biases to the court room but also her 25 years of experience as a prosecutor and the whole DA's office.